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Mrs ELEANOR FENNEY, DipHE, RGN, BSc(Hons), PGCE, MEd, HEA Fellow

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    Biography

    Registered Adult Nurse with experience in Orthopaedics and 12 years in Intensive Care before moving into Higher Education.  I spent 5 years at the University of Chester, as Programme Lead for the Critical Care Graduate and Postgraduate Certificate pathway, before taking the role of Deputy Programme Lead and subsequent Programme Lead for the BN Nursing programme Adult Field at the Wirral Site.  Following Completion of my Masters in Professional Education I commenced my Professional Doctorate in Public Health whcih is currently ongoing. 

    Since starting at Edge Hill I have been interim Programme Lead for the MSc Advanced Practice programme and taken this through sucessful revalidation.  I have also been the developmental lead for the MSci Nurse Paramedic programme which is the first in the UK to be successfully validated, and will be the Adult Nursing Programme Lead for this programme moving forward. 

    Research interests

    I have several areas of research interests.  My Professional Doctorate in Public Health is focused on the perceptions of risk exposure to virus (Measles) and student nurses perceptions of vaccination status in relation to this. 

    Through my work as HEE Fellow (Seconded) for the RePAIR project, and my role as Learning and Teaching Fellow within the unviersity I have been able to focus on retention of students who are enrolled onto professional programmes and use innovation within curriculum desgin to evaluate its effect on the level of retention at key points within the student journey. 

    As as aside to this and through the development of the new MSCi Nurse Paramedic integrated award I have developed a research focus around the development of a novel and integrated student's professional identity and how this impacts on retention both within the duration of the programme and post-qualification. 

    Teaching

    My main areas of teaching are directed to acute care, and anatomy and physiology, as well as infection prevention and control. 

    Through my work within the advanced practice programme I have been involved with enhanced level of skills teaching and also contexts and concepts relating to the role. 

    Through the development of the Nurse Paramedic programme, anaotmy and physiology and key concepts around developing the role will be my focus. 

    External engagement

    The Nurse Paramedic has enabled me to have significant interaction with stakeholders and practice partners across the North West in relation to enabling and embedding the role within the workforce. 

    This has led to a much wider discussion with key strategic personnel within Higher Education across the country and NHS ambulance trust strategic personnel - the aim is for this to continue and develop into a national forum for excellence in standards and practice of nurses working within pre-hospital care and the wideing understanding of the Nurse Paramedic role. 

    Public/media engagement

    Recent News article in the Nursing Times which was posted online and through their social media.  This was picked up and reposted by the RCN.  The news article was focused on the Nurse Paramedic programme and the innovation surrounding the new integrated role, the drivers for this and the engagement from our stakeholders as a valuable addition to the workforce. 

    Other positions

    External Examiner, University of West London

    1 Jan 20171 Jan 2021

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